Top Film School
Film Development 101-A
( Part 2 )

Welcome back to your Top Film School.

This is Part 2 of your best way to start the beginning of your movie script using real-world film making examples.

Yes, this is your free or low cost film school online.

Your Review?

If you have not reviewed the first part of this free screenwriting course, please visit and take a look at Part 1. In Part 1, I ended the class with a discussion about hand-writing your first screenplay.

Watch Your Film School Film

You should now watch Royal Love Story From The Grave (in the movie clip below).

What exactly did you just watch? A trailer, commercial, or short film?

  • Yes, it can be called a movie trailer (film trailer).
  • Yes, it can be called a commercial (TV commercial).
  • Yes, it can also be called a short film that ends with a cliffhanger.

What is a cliffhanger? A story that ends with, “…to be continued…” A movie that ends with a cliffhanger should make you wonder, "what happens next?"

Replay and Review Scenes 1 – 6

Here are four different ways to describe and compare the first 11 seconds of Royal Love Story From The Grave

Compare the Shooting Script to the Movie Clip and the Screenplay

Sample Shooting Script
( Page 1 )

Sample Shooting Script - Page 1

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  • Your shooting script is almost the same as your screenplay.
  • Take a quick look at both the screenplay and the shooting script.
  • In the shooting script, each scene has a number. In the screenplay, no scenes are numbered.

Movie Clip
Start watching at 0:02 seconds and Stop at 0:14 seconds

"Want to see this with Chromecast? Yes, watch this film clip and other YouTube videos with your HDTV."


  • Watch these few short seconds again...a few more times to make sure.
  • Compare what you see with what you actually read on Page 1 of the sample screenplay.
  • The screenplay describes what you see. Your screenplay will do the same!

Did you see how Scene 1 begins at 0:02 seconds and Scene 6 ends at 0:13 seconds?

Sample Screenplay Page 1

Sample Screenplay - Page 1

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  • When writing your screenplay, scenes are not numbered.
  • You want to be able to make changes to your script without the added problem of changing scene numbers.
  • When you have you final script done and you have no more changes, then your scenes are numbered.

Sample Screenplay Page 1
( Hand-Written )

Sample Screenplay Page 1 ( Hand-Written )

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  • This is what your hand-written screenplay should look like.

Now It Is Your Turn

Your Homework: Write your Title Page and Page 1

You have reached the end of Top Film School 2 - Part 2 at EducateZap’s Online Film School.

Yes, it is time to write your movie idea in Hollywood-style, screenplay format using your online classes free.

With all of the examples on this page and in Part 1, you should be able to write your Title Page and Page 1 of your screenplay with no problems.

  • If you have a question, please ask in the online classroom near the bottom of this page.
  • If you have completed this course, please move forward to your next part-time course Film Development 101-B located at Online Film School I: Part 1-B.

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Film Development 101-A (Part 2)

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